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Indiana 250

Welcome to IBJ Media’s Indiana 250, a list of the state’s most influential and impactful leaders across business, philanthropy, the arts, government and not-for-profits. These men and women are making a difference locally, regionally and across the state. The profiles here detail their accomplishments but also give you a peek into their personalities, their leadership styles and more.


The Indiana 250 was developed and published by IBJ Media, the parent company of three news brands—Indianapolis Business JournalInside INdiana Business and Indiana Lawyer, whose news leaders and staffs contributed to the selections.

We accepted nominations for inclusion on the list, researched executives and companies, and interviewed state, industry and community leaders about who should be included. But in the end, the selections were made entirely by IBJ Media editors and staff, meaning it is subjective and not comprehensive. We’d love to hear about who you think we missed. Just click on “contact” at the top of the page. You can also learn more about the selection process here.

We hope the Indiana 250 list helps you learn about interesting people doing impactful things in parts of the state where you don’t live. And we think you’ll also learn a few things about people you already know. Enjoy!


We wanted IBJ Media’s first Indiana 250 cover to be as sophisticated as the leaders on our list. So we conducted our shoot at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel, which offered several locations for the photo as well as a beautiful suite in which our “models” could get ready. For the shot, we settled on the hotel’s stylish library with its dark walls, rich paneling and lush fabrics.

Our cover models are (from left) Bill Soards, AT&T; Cathy Langham, Langham Logistics; Karrah Herring, state of Indiana; Syam Nair, Salesforce; Lacy Johnson, Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Pete Yonkman, Cook Group; and Lucia Mar, Bank of America. We truly appreciate their time and flexibility.

The talented fashion and portrait photographer Polina Osherov, who is also editor of Pattern magazine, shot our cover photo. Michelle Steele, a fashion stylist and creative consultant, provided invaluable advice and direction for our photo shoot. Thanks to Polina and Michell for helping us realize our vision.


Make your advance purchase of the 2023 Print Edition of Indiana 250. Brought to you by the editors of the IBJ, Inside INdiana Business and The Indiana Lawyer, Indiana 250 provides a close-up look at the people who are making an undeniable impact on the state of Indiana.

Discover in-depth profiles about Indiana’s most influential business leaders including their back story, personal strategies for success, and interesting details you won’t find anywhere else. Indiana 250 is your essential business reference publication about Indiana’s most important movers and shakers.

Subscribers to the print edition of the IBJ will receive the Indiana 250 magazine with the July 21, 2023 issue of IBJ.

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